UT Architecture Professor Marian Moffett Dies

Marian Scott Moffett, University of Tennessee professor of architectural history and theory, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. She was 55.

Marian S. Moffett

Moffett’s professional work took her from study of the cantilevered barns of East Tennessee to the wooden architecture of Poland. She recently published a major work, Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to World Architecture.

Moffett was an active participant in university governance, having served as an associate to the UT-Knoxville vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1993 to 1999, associate provost from 2000 to 2001, and associate dean in the college of architecture and design in 2003 and 2004.

She served as president of the faculty senate in 1985-1986 and served on many UT committees. Most recently she led revision of the university’s faculty handbook. Moffett was also a past president of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and was an active member of the Greater Knoxville Recorder Society.

She received numerous awards from the university, including the Chancellor-s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University.

Moffett received the bachelor of architecture degree from North Carolina State University in 1971 and the master of architecture and Ph.D. in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and 1975.

She joined the UT faculty in 1975.

“Marian’s greatest awards undoubtedly came from the knowledge that she had used her keen intelligence, her knowledge of architecture, her ability to work with people, and her intense love of music to make the College of Architecture and Design, the University of Tennessee and the community of Knoxville a better place for students and colleagues,” UT-Knoxville Chancellor Loren Crabtree said Monday.

“She will be greatly missed.”

A memorial service will be held at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in the near future.

Contributions to honor Moffett may be made to the UT College of Architecture and Design.